September 12th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
13 years ago

McDonnell drops F-bomb in live interview

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Republican Bob McDonnell dropped the F-bomb during a radio interview."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bob McDonnell, the normally-disciplined Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, mistakenly blurted out the F-bomb during a live radio interview on Friday.

Appearing on Washington-area radio station WTOP, McDonnell was sparring with host Mark Plotkin on the topic of transportation funding.

Plotkin asked if McDonnell would consider an increase in the state gasoline tax to help fund the transportation budget. McDonnell said no, and uttered the expletive during his response.

"So no tax will be raised during your four-year term?," Plotkin asked.

McDonnell answered: "I'm going to find other ways to be able to fund transportation. I've outlined twleve f-ing funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial."

The remark was first flagged by the Virginia Democratic blog NotLarrySabato.

McDonnell is running against Democrat Creigh Deeds in the governor's race, one of two marquee political battles in 2009 along with the New Jersey governor's race.

UPDATE: McDonnell communications director Tucker Martin said McDonnell's remark was nothing more than a verbal flub.

"At one point Bob was speaking quickly, and in trying to say 'funding mechanism,' he stumbled and accidentally said another word," Martin said. "It was unintentional, and anyone who spends any time around Bob knows he does not use such language. It was an accident. It is that simple."

Martin called it "disappointing" that the Deeds campaign is spending "so much time and energy aggressively pushing this absolutely trivial matter to every blog and media outlet they can think of."

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  1. Chris W

    I'm sure his funding plan is as intelligent as his language.

    September 12, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. Hotdog

    That type of response says a lot abot this individual's character. It clearly shows that he is not a polished politician. Would you want this person speaking at the school that your son or daughter attended? He will also attend your church to solicit votes. This the kind of foolishness that is regarded as acceptable amongst the GOP.

    September 12, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. banderola negra

    Both the virtual Tourettes-afflicted Representative from South Carolina and the ambitious McDonnell are eligible to spin their recent notoriety by pointing to Dick Chenney. It was "dark side Dick" who unceremoniously snarled out of the working side of his mouth at the then ranking member of the Senate Judiciary _in the Senate chambers, "Go f . . . yourself".

    September 12, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. SAGG

    Man, the GOP is determined to continue to do and say stupid things, aren't they? And the ever-increasing hypocrisy, too. If I were an independent, I'd seriously think about NOT voting for these people. Why in the world would I want to reward their behavior?

    September 12, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. Jason

    I'm just waiting for a GOP candidate to say the "n" word.

    September 12, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. dave

    I wish more politicians would swear. Why do they have to maintain a double standard? We all know they swear in private, just like everybody else. I just wish they would swear at or about their opponents. For example McDonnell should have said: "Deeds is an f-ing idiot. He doesn't know s–t about transportation, but I've already outlined 12 funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial." That kind of debate would really make politics more appealing to the average joe.

    September 12, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. scott,manchester NH

    nothing but an ongoing and continuous reminder that there will never be a shortage of idiot republicans....

    live radio show??....hmmm.

    September 12, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. Richard

    If this was a libtard that said this you would not have even run the story. What's up with that? Does that mean that this language is standard fair for libtards?

    September 12, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Tony

    What is McConnell trying to do? Sabotage his campaign perhaps? If so, he's doing a good job at it! The Democrats are shooting themselves holes in their feet by spending money like drunken sailors while Republicans like McConnell seem to be doing the same! If McConnell and others like him aren't careful, they'll wind up losing more credibility and seats in public office. If they're really stupid, they could foment the Marginalization or even demise of their party!

    September 12, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Sue, Vienna, VA

    TO: Dereliction of Duty

    Your dereliction lies in your brain!

    September 12, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Mark

    Why are these immoral ignorant and power hungry politicians voted in? An ignorant public who can't intelligently examine the needs of society.

    September 12, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. So What

    so what, so he slipped out the F word. All of you have done it. Most people do it everyday, in fact I'm reading some of these comments and using the F word right now.

    September 12, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. DA

    LOL...The GOP are all a like...they run around talking about how they are so GOD LIKE and look at this idiot!!! The current GOP and pretty much the entire Republican Party are a bunch of chumps!!!

    America wise up....look for some real leadership vote all these idiots out!!! They are a group of self serving idiots that just get in office year after year and accomplish nothing except increasing their own wealth!!!

    enough all ready!!!

    September 12, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. So What

    Especially when I read that false indignation from Ferry Farta, correction that Merry Marta.

    September 12, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. fella from chicago

    Better the F word than the N word. Political career is still intact.

    September 12, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. Mary Molina

    NFW....not that big a deal...what I found shameful was the lack of respect shown to President Obama by Joe Wilson. Congress did not act like that when George W. Bush who did lie heckling of Lyndon Johnson during Vietnam, or what about Richard Nixon on Watergate?.....I sadly believe that among the GOP and the right wing zealots they have made a decision to never give any legitimacy to our President because of the color of his skin....sadly I believe this, and it makes me very sad...very sad...

    September 12, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Sharon, CO


    September 12, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. JustDecided in Va

    Do you kiss your mother with that mouth McDonnell? Ewh! I was on the fence but now Criegh Deeds has my vote. Your evil just showed through.

    September 12, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |

    I would like to know why it is that a candiate for public office can use this type of language an get away with it. espesially after they as a party have gone to such extenvise measures to deny a public servant to the people of north carolina his personnal freedom of speach under the u.s constituation/ first admendent rights an as to go so far as to be able to declare it as conduct unbecoming a state employee an to turn around an use it as the bases of this public employees utlimate termination after forty long years of service to the people of the state of nc. i personnaly thought that the republicans in this country were supposely so diginified & along with being such christian people as they try an portray themselves to the public as being this just goes to show that what they do or dont do is just for public comsumption an not becasue they are such god fearing people as to be using this type of language in public . i also thought hat there are supposely to be public profanity laws to cover just such situations as this arrest good old bob if you ask me thank you

    September 12, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Bob in VA

    A real class act. Just what VA needs. NOT

    September 12, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. jsilver2th

    Oh get the FCC on this one- ought to be worth a fat fine...

    Where are the moralistic tea baggers on this one?

    And Sarah Palin does she think it was evil?

    HA HA you can always count on the GOP for some good old fashioned hypocrisy.

    September 12, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. keith

    So? He's human. We need more humans in politics.

    September 12, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Jon

    This kind of foul mouthed language is becoming standard for republican scum bags. I wound't give this jerk air if I had him in a jug
    let alone my vote.

    September 12, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Mel Bailey

    Little by little he is revealing who he really is, a wolf in sheep clothing.

    September 12, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. Marie -Silver Spring Md

    There you go to all the parents who kept their children from listening to the president speech so I guess using this kind of language is what you prefer your children listening to?What in god's name is wrong with these people?what are the doing to this country?Until they are all wiped out of office this will go on and on.The ignorance of people that support these people is unbeleivable.Calling the President a liar and even worse on the floor of congress,cheating on their wives,sexual gestures to a intern, a C street hoar house,making millions from insurance companies while the middle class and poor suffer, dirty fear tactics on our seniors and the list goes on and on. Let's just hope these freaks can't sleep at night

    September 12, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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